MANILA – At least two foreign airlines are looking at flying out of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 (NAIA1) ahead of its rehabilitation, according to state-run Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).
Jose Angel Honrado, MIAA general manager last week told reporters that the agency approved the request of Oman Air and Garuda Airlines to operate at NAIA1, “but, I don’t know when they will start. I think as soon as possible.”
Honrado said the rehabilitation of NAIA1 will be finished by the first quarter of 2015.
To recall, Malacanang approved the structural retrofitting and rehabilitation of NAIA1 at a cost of P1.16 billion. Of the total amount, P340 million will be used to improve the structural integrity of the NAIA 1 building, while P500 million has been allocated for architectural, engineering, and interior design and works to improve the internal facilities.
To address runway congestion, P300 million will be used for the construction of a rapid exit taxiway. Another P20 million is allocated for the complete rehabilitation of 72 toilets.
Honrado said more foreign airlines are expected to transfer to NAIA3 by next year.
“We are using this period from August to December to find out and to tweak on the system to make sure that the systems and the we can add more. The Terminal 3 can accept more, ” he said.
Honrado said Cebu Pacific and AirAsia Zest are expected to add more flights out of NAIA 3 in the first quarter of next year.
At present, 5 foreign airlines are transferring from NAIA1 to NAIA3, namely Delta Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, and Cathay Pacific.
The transfer of these airlines is meant to decongest NAIA1, which is undergoing structural retrofitting and rehabilitation.
The transfer of the 5 airlines will reduce Terminal 1’s annual passenger throughput from 8 million down to its design capacity of 4.5 million. This will free up more space at Terminal 1 and reduce the number of travelers.
Source: Darwin G. Amojelar, InterAksyon.com